What are we doing on the West Gate Freeway

We are building:

  • Four extra lanes between the M80 Ring Road and Williamstown Road
  • Entry and exit portals to the West Gate Tunnel
  • Ventilation structure at the tunnel exit
  • Interchange upgrades at the M80 Ring Road, Millers Road, Grieve Parade and Williamstown Road
  • Ramps to Hyde Street to connect trucks directly with local industry
  • More than 9km of new noise walls
  • New walking and cycling paths
  • Pedestrian bridges replacing the existing overpasses
  • Freeway Management System to support good traffic flow and safety
  • New open spaces and planting thousands of trees and other plants in the freeway area.

Construction has started – find out about travel disruptions or recent construction updates.

In addition to construction on the West Gate Freeway, work is happening at the Tunnels and the Port to City area.

18 kilometres of new traffic lanes9 kilometres of new noise walls


West Gate Freeway construction map.

Key works in the area

Instructions: Open the accordion feature below to view related information.

We need to close and safely remove the existing pedestrian overpasses that connect Muir Street and Fogarty Avenue and Rosala Avenue and Richards Court to make way for widening the West Gate Freeway.

This is because the next stage of the freeway widening involves moving traffic to the outer lanes where the ramps of the existing overpasses are located.

The new pedestrian bridges will be installed later this year.

While there are no pedestrian bridges, a shuttle bus will be available for the community.

Current related traffic impacts

The West Gate Freeway will be closed overnight on Saturday 23 May between Williamstown Road and the M80 Interchange while the overpasses are removed.

A fully signed detour route will be in place during the closure. For more information visit the Big Build website.

Walking and cycling detour, bus timetable and routes

We are running a courtesy shuttle bus for pedestrians to cross between the north and south sides of the West Gate Freeway.

The shuttle bus service will be free for users.

We have enhanced safety processes in place to protect passengers against the spread of coronavirus. These include extra cleaning, closing some seats to allow for physical distancing and providing hand sanitiser.

Please remember social distancing measures in line with current health advice when using the shuttle buses.

If you require special assistance during this time, please contact us on 1800 105 105.

Muir Street pedestrian overpass

Bus timetable

Bus scheduleBus route

The Muir Street pedestrian overpass bus will run at intervals between 8am and 7:15pm seven days a week:

  • 8am and 9am (two circuits)
  • 11:45am and 12:30pm (two circuits)
  • 2:15pm and 3:15pm (four circuits)
  • 6:30pm and 7:15pm (two circuits)
The bus will complete a circuit starting at Stop 1 outside the Footscray Hockey Club on Fogarty Avenue, Yarraville, at the times listed.

The circuit will take approximately 25 minutes.

Please note times are approximate and will depend on traffic flows. Depending on user demand, times might change.

Walking detours

We have also built a new footpath on The Avenue, directly beneath the freeway, to help maintain community connections.

Access to the Footscray Hockey Club, Yarraville Glory Soccer Club and local residents on Fogarty Avenue will be maintained at all times.

Muir St overpass pedestrian and cycling detour

More information on these works can be found in our recent notification

Rosala Avenue pedestrian overpass

Bus timetable

Bus scheduleBus route

The Rosala Avenue pedestrian overpass bus will run at intervals between 7am and 10pm seven days a week:

  • 7am and 7:25am (one circuit)
  • 9:30am and 11am (three circuits)
  • 1pm and 2pm (two circuits)
  • 4:45pm and 6:15pm (three circuits)
  • 7:30pm and 10pm (five circuits)
The bus will complete a circuit starting at Stop 1 located at Brooklyn Reserve, Heather Avenue, Brooklyn at the times listed.

The route will include a drop-off and pick-up at Altona Gate Shopping Centre

The circuit will take approximately 25 minutes.

Please note times are approximate and will depend on traffic flows. Depending on user demand, times might change.

Rosala Avenue overpass walking and cycling detour

More information on these works can be found in our recent notifications.

Timing: 2018-2022

We are widening the West Gate Freeway from 8 to 12 lanes. The West Gate Freeway is a critical link in Melbourne’s transport network, carrying 200,000 vehicles each day. We will keep it moving by:

  • Keeping the same number of lanes open at peak times
  • Only closing lanes when there is less traffic
  • Keeping the speed limit at 80km/h at peak times whenever possible
  • Providing clear and timely information for drivers
  • Working with VicRoads, councils, transport operators and emergency services to plan traffic changes
  • Avoiding closures when major events are on in Melbourne.

Timing: 2018-2021

What are we doing?

The existing power lines on Fogarty Avenue will be relocated or moved underground and new drainage will also be installed. Additional works in the area include sewer replacement and installation of noise wall panels This is part of works to widen the West Gate Freeway.

More details on the works:

  • Works started on Fogarty Avenue in July 2018 with construction continuing in the area until 2021, including the West Gate Freeway and Newport Rail Bridge to Williamstown Road. We will update this information closer to completion time
  • There will be staged closures of Fogarty Avenue with detours in place. Visit our disruptions page for the latest updates
  • Some driveways will temporarily have access blocked. Residents will be notified in advance
  • Access to the Footscray Hockey Club and Yarraville Glory Football Club will be maintained at all times
  • Bus route 432 will be diverted and selected bus stops will be closed. For more information see Public Transport Victoria’s travel update
  • For more details about the current works on Fogarty Avenue, read the fact sheet
  • For all work notifications related to works on Fogarty Avenue, head to the Work Notifications page.

Timing: 2019-2021

Work areas will be located alongside the freeway where they are least likely to cause disruption and will be fenced and screened from view. Innovative construction methods will help reduce disruption, including using cranes to lift beams down from the freeway to reduce disruption at Donald McLean Reserve.

Artist impression of new shared use path alongside the Hyde Street off ramp, Yarraville.

New shared use path alongside the Hyde Street off ramp, Yarraville. Artist impression only – does not include detailed design.

Timing: 2018-2020

Some electricity towers along the freeway will be moved or replaced with slimmer poles and some power lines moved underground to make space for the widened freeway.

Timing: Set up 2018-2019 and operating until 2022

Construction compounds provide a base for workers, equipment and machinery. The main bases for construction in the West Gate Freeway area are:

  • Off the West Gate Freeway / New Street – for freeway widening and tunnel works
  • Off Geelong Road – for works around the M80 Ring Road interchange.

We will use best practice techniques at our construction compounds and will:

  • Meet all requirements for managing noise, dust and traffic
  • Install fencing and screening when compounds are located near to private property
  • Give our neighbours advanced notice about what to expect during works
  • Reinstate or improve compound areas after construction
  • Provide parking for workers to avoid taking up space on local streets.

Timing: 2018-2022

The Federation Trail is being upgraded and extended to Hyde Street. A section of the trail between Millers Road and the Newport Freight rail line has been closed to complete the upgrade and widen the freeway. The closure will be in place for around four years from 16 July 2018. We have:

  • Provided a clearly signed detour route via Kyle Road and Blackshaws Road (see blue line in map below)
  • Worked with VicRoads, councils and cycling groups to plan and communicate the detour
  • Carried out improvements along the detour to make it safe.

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Directions for cyclists to detour the closed section of the Federation Trail

Timing: 2018-2020

The West Gate Tunnel Project will deliver more than nine kilometres of new and improved noise walls for quieter homes, backyards and parks along the West Gate Freeway. We will:

  • Prioritise noise wall construction so residents get the benefit as early as possible
  • Leave existing noise walls in place where practical or provide temporary noise walls until new ones are built
  • Use high quality materials with acrylic at the top to let light in.
Artist impression of noise walls on the West Gate Freeway

Noise walls long the West Gate Freeway. Artist impression only – does not include detailed design.

Work hours

Most of the work will be done during the day however some works will be done at night to minimise travel disruption on our busy roads.

We will do our best to plan works at times when they cause the least inconvenience for residents and motorists.

Upcoming work

To keep up with ramp and freeway closures, see our travel disruptions page. Or visit www.bigbuild.vic.gov.au/disruptions.

We will also keep you informed of activities taking place in your local area by:

  • Dropping newsletters and works notifications in your letterbox
  • Door knocks or street meetings before major works
  • News and updates on social media

More information

For more information, contact us on 1800 105 105.

We have a team that is dedicated to working with the community. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer any questions or concerns.

See the most recent construction notifications.

Download the factsheet Construction overview – West Gate Freeway [PDF, 1.4MB]

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